Mark Burnett is a television and film producer, author and Chairman of MGM Television. He has garnered 12 Emmy Awards, five Producer Guild of America Awards, seven Critic’s Choice Television Awards and six People’s Choice Awards.
Burnett has produced nearly 4,000 hours of television programming that airs in more than 70 countries worldwide.
MGM Television currently has 22 original primetime programs, 10 original episodes in daytime syndication as well as network television and cable series, including “The Voice” (NBC), “Survivor” (CBS), “Shark Tank” (ABC), “Jamie Foxx’s Beat Shazam” (Fox), “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” (Nickelodeon), “Fargo” (FX), “Vikings” (History), “Lucha Underground” (El Rey Network), “Perpetual Grace” (Epix) and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which won the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and broke ground for Hulu to become the first streaming services to win this honor.
Burnett recently announced two new series: The relaunch of his first-ever series “Eco-Challenge” with Amazon Prime Video, set for production in Fiji this fall and airing worldwide in 2020, and “Generation Gap” with Jimmy Kimmel for ABC.
Burnett is one of very few producers to have had a renewed series on each of the four major networks and to have multiple series win their timeslots on five nights in the same week.
Additionally, Burnett and wife Roma Downey produced “The Bible” series on History Channel that was viewed by more than 100 million in the U.S. They also produced the feature film “Son of God,” which stunned the box office when it became one of the highest faith movie openings of all time, and “Ben Hur.” Together, Burnett and Downey have produced numerous series, including “The Women of the Bible” (Lifetime), “The Dovekeepers” (CBS), “A.D. The Bible Continues” (NBC) and “Answered Prayers” (TLC). They were also executive producers on the feature films “Little Boy” and “Woodlawn.”
The Hollywood Reporter previously named Burnett #1 on its Reality TV Power List – 30 Most Powerful Sellers and Time magazine named him one of the world’s most influential people. Other accolades include Brandweek’s Marketer of the Year Award, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, the PGA Norman Lear Award and the prestigious Rose D’or Frapa Format Award.
Burnett was also inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2010 and was honored with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2009.